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Hernia is a common medical condition that can be seen becoming more and more prevalent these days. Statistically, it is most prevalent in males, but it also can be seen in women, particularly after childbirth. Hernia certainly requires a surgery to resolve it permanently. It is always better to get a laparoscopic hernia surgery as compared to an open surgery. Here we will list out some of the most questions about hernia, along with their factual answers.

What is a hernia?

Hernia occurs when an organ or a tissue pushes through a weak spot and holds it in the place.

How many types of hernia are in there?

Commonly there are four types of hernia- Inguinal, Hiatal, umbilical and Incisional.

Who are prone to have hernia?

Hernia can happen to anyone, but mostly seen in the-

People involving in routine heavy lifting, including those who workout heavily and blue collar workers.

People who are suffering from persistent constipation or diarrhea.

People who are overweight or obese.

People who had previous abdominal surgery.

People who are suffering from consistent sneezing and coughing.

People who had a previous abdominal injury.

People who lead a sedentary lifestyle, involving excessive smoking, malnutrition etc.

Women who had cesarian delivery in the past.

What are the symptoms of hernia?

The common symptoms of hernia is a bulge that protrudes from either the abdomen, chest or groin. You will most certainly feel it when you are bending over, standing or coughing. It can also be accompanied by pain, discomfort and burning sensation in the affected area.

In kids, it’s prominently visible when they are crying.

How can a hernia be diagnosed?

A hernia can be diagnosed through physical examination by the doctor, as coughing makes the hernia bulge more visible. In some cases, an endoscopy or ultrasound scan is required to be certain.

What is the treatment of hernia?

Hernia can be managed by medications only for the time being, but a surgery is the best option to resolve this once for all. Surgery make sure hernia doesn’t recur in the future. Moreover, a laparoscopic hernia surgery ensures a speedy recovery as compared to an open surgery.

How to prevent hernia?

Hernia can be prevented if taken some careful measures like:

Avoiding heavy lifting routinely

Consulting a doctor if coughing becomes persistent

Quitting bad habits like smoking

Maintaining a healthy and normal body weight.

It’s crucial to identify the symptoms of hernia. If it’s not treated, it will certainly not dissolve on its own. An untreated hernia can create many complications later. A surgery is most required to resolve this medical condition. Seek help, if the symptoms become prominent or persistent.

We will be back soon with a few more aspects regarding the hernia surgery. Stay healthy and fit!

Hernia Surgery Varanasi

A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue called fascia. If any sign of this shows up, it is highly recommended to get a hernia surgery.

There are 5 types of hernia. The most common types of hernia are inguinal, sportsmans, femoral, incisional, and umbilical.

Inguinal Hernia

Inguinal hernias are located in the lower abdomen just above the leg crease, near or adjacent to the pubic area. They can sometimes show up on both sides of the pubic area, and if they do, they are called bilateral inguinal hernias. Inguinal hernias, along with femoral hernias make up the 2 types of groin hernias and can produce pain that extends into the upper thigh or scrotum. Inguinal hernias can be classified as “direct” or “indirect”.

At least 4 of every 10 patients looking for hernia surgery at Varanasi Hospital suffers from this type of hernia.

Sportsman’s Hernia

This is a condition of chronic exercise-related supra-inguinal groin pain. Generally, it involves a direct inguinal hernia. Symptoms are the pain in the groin without any detectable swelling in the groin or any other explanation for the pain. Before choosing surgery for a sportsman’s hernia, all non-operative possibilities should be attempted, including sufficient relief and rehabilitation of the most tender structures and muscles.

Femoral Hernia

This along with inguinal hernias are groin hernias. They are much more common in women but can occur in men too. These hernias appear just below the groin crease. A weakness in the lower groin allows an intestinal sac to drop into the femoral canal, a space near the femoral vein that carries blood from the leg. These hernias are more prone than inguinal hernias to develop incarceration or strangulation as an early sign. Therefore, once these hernias are diagnosed, timely hernia surgery is very strongly advised before such complications occur.

Incisional Hernia

This one appears in the abdomen at the site of a previous surgery is known as an incisional hernia. These hernias can appear weeks, months, or even years after surgery and can vary in size from small to very large and complex. If you think you have an incisional hernia, it is important to see your doctor because it may widen and become extremely difficult to repair.

Umbilical Hernia

Happens near the belly button or navel, which has a natural weakness from the blood vessels of the umbilical cord. These hernias may occur in infants at or just after birth and may resolve by three or four years of age. However, the area of weakness can persist throughout life and can occur in men, women, and children at any time. In adults, umbilical hernias will not resolve on its own and may progressively worsen over time, making hernia surgery inevitable.

These are the most common types of hernias addressed by the experts at Varanasi Hospital. It is always recommended to get a hernia surgery if any of this occurs.

Laparoscopic Hernia Operation

A sports hernia is a painful, soft tissue injury that occurs in the groin area. It most often occurs during sports that require sudden changes of direction or intense twisting movements. An untreated sports hernia may lead to a traditional, abdominal hernia in future. It can be cured by laparoscopic hernia operation for complete recovery.

A sports hernia is a strain or tear of any soft tissue in the lower abdomen or groin area. The soft tissues most frequently affected by sports hernia are the oblique muscles in the lower abdomen. Especially vulnerable are the tendons that attach the oblique muscles to the pubic bone. In many cases of sports hernia, the tendons that attach the thigh muscles to the pubic bone are also stretched or torn.

The cause of this mainly related to sports activities that involve planting the feet and twisting with maximum exertion can cause a tear in the soft tissue of the lower abdomen or groin. Can occur mainly in vigorous sports such as ice hockey, soccer, wrestling, and football.

A sports hernia does not cause a visible bulge in the groin, like the more common, inguinal hernia does. Over time, this may lead to an inguinal hernia, and abdominal organs may press against the weakened soft tissues to form a visible bulge. Without treatment, this injury can result in chronic, disabling pain that prevents you from resuming sports activities.

The best solution to sports hernia is to get a Laparoscopic hernia operation. A laparoscopic repair requires several small incisions instead of a single larger cut. While open surgery is also done in this case. However, this requires large incisions and that means a long time to get recovered from the surgery scars. A sportsperson can’t afford to wait long for their recovery. That is why laparoscopic hernia operation is a must for sports people. It not only leaves you with smaller incisions, also it leaves you almost scarless. Recovery time will be much lesser as well.

Most likely a patient can return to light activity after 1 to 2 weeks. Strenuous exercise should wait until after 4 weeks of recovery. Studies have found that people have less pain after laparoscopic hernia repair than after open hernia surgery. The chance of a hernia coming back after laparoscopic surgery is really satisfactory, because it rarely comes back. However, in case of open surgery, it can come back.

To find out more about the comparison between open versus laparoscopic surgery click here:  http://www.varanasihospital.com/2017/06/13/hernia-surgery-recovery-open-vs-laparoscopic-approach/

Hernia

Yes, there is a possibility of a hernia recurrence. A hernia can affect both men and women of any age including children. A hernia is a situation when a bulge comes out into the layers below the skin most commonly seen in the abdomen or the groin region. Although a hernia can be treated with a surgery, the biggest complication remains even after the surgery. Yes, a hernia can return after it is repaired and it is called a ‘recurrent’ a hernia. It can happen to every surgeon. Recurrent hernias are formed after the successful surgery of a primary hernia. It can happen at any point in time, maybe within few days or weeks after the first surgery or after many years. Although a patient cannot affect the risk of developing a first-time hernia, however, certain precautions can be taken to minimize the chance of developing a recurrent hernia.

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